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Following the Coronavirus

W.Va. Bars, Restaurants Allowed Back to 100 Percent Capacity

Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday morning that all bars and restaurants in West Virginia are now allowed to return to 100-percent seating capacity, provided that social distancing can be maintained to keep down the spread of COVID-19. "I encourage everyone there to just use good sense," ...

Official: Democrats OK Tighter Income Limits for COVID-19 Relief

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Democrats agreed Wednesday to tighten the upper income limits at which people could qualify for stimulus checks, a Democratic official said, a major concession to moderates as party leaders prepared to move their $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill ...

Vaccination Age Limit in W.Va. to Lower to 50

Gov. Jim Justice this morning said the age limit on COVID-19 vaccinations will be lowered to residents 50 and older. Teachers and service personnel from 40 to 50 years old and children with health issues also will be emphasized, he said during his pandemic briefing. The governor a little more ...

3 of 4 Northern Panhandle Counties Green on Monday COVID Map

Brooke, Ohio and Marshall counties have gone green. The trio of Northern Panhandle counties sits in the safest category on the Department of Health and Human Resources Monday COVID-19 alert map. Hancock County is yellow, the second-safest category. Ohio, Marshall and Brooke are among the 23 ...

Johnson & Johnson’s One-Shot Vaccine Approved

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is getting a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19, as the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two. Health experts are anxiously awaiting a one-and-done option to help speed ...

President Biden Hails House Passage of $1.9T Virus Relief Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill that was championed by President Joe Biden, the first step in providing another dose of aid to a weary nation as the measure now moves to a tense Senate. “We have no time to waste,” Biden said at the White House ...

Gov. Jim Justice: ‘Go Big or Go Home’ on Stimulus ‘

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said that Congress should “go big or go home” on the federal pandemic stimulus package, breaking with opposition to the plan from within his own party. “We have tried to underspend and undersize what was really needed ...

Plunging Demand for COVID-19 Tests Leaves US Exposed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just five weeks ago, Los Angeles County was conducting more than 350,000 weekly coronavirus tests, including at a massive drive-thru site at Dodger Stadium, as health workers raced to contain the worst COVID-19 hotspot in the U.S. Now, county officials say testing has ...

Active COVID-19 Cases in West Virginia at Lowest Level in 3 Months

Active cases of COVID-19 in West Virginia have dropped to their lowest levels in three months. The Department of Health and Human Resources said there were 8,954 active COVID-19 cases statewide on Saturday. The last time active cases were below 9,000 was on Nov. 12. Active cases have been ...

‘Reimagining the Region’ in a Pandemic

Read the Finance section by clicking here Read the Manufacturing and Technology section by clicking here WHEELING — COVID-19 has impacted every facet of life over the past year. We all know someone affected by the coronavirus, either through being diagnosed with the virus or seeing changes ...

Three Cases of UK Variant of COVID-19 Detected in Morgantown

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University on Saturday said it had confirmed three cases of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 in the Morgantown area, and two are WVU students. Genetic sequencing of samples from the WVU Medicine testing program detected the B.1.1.7 variant in Morgantown campus test ...

Cuomo and Newsom: Portraits of Failure During COVID

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — At the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, two Democratic governors on opposite ends of the country were hailed as heroes for their leadership in a crisis. Times have changed, though. Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gavin Newsom of California are embroiled in distinct ...

Community College Enrollment Plummets During COVID

PHOENIX (AP) — Peniella Irakoze is cold calling a list of 1,001 fellow students who didn’t return to Phoenix College this semester, checking on how they’re managing during the coronavirus pandemic. The calls have become a regular part of her job at a community college like others across ...

More Than 150K Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19 in West Virginia

There are now more than 150,000 West Virginians fully vaccinated against COVID-19. According to the Department of Health and Human Resources website, 154,798 state residents have received the second shot to fully vaccinate them against the virus. Also, 258,451 people in the Mountain State have ...

U.K. Variant of COVID-19 Found in West Virginia

Three cases of what is commonly known as the UK Variant of the COVID-19 virus have been found in the north central region of West Virginia, the Department of Health and Human Resources announced Friday night. Forty-two other states have reported 1,523 cases of the B.1.1.7, or UK, Variant, ...

Gov. Jim Justice eases some COVID-19 restrictions in West Virginia

CHARLESTON - Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday that COVID-19 regulations and rules for restaurants, bars, businesses, grocery stores, and schools will be eased due to plummeting coronavirus cases and increased vaccinations. Justice said he was issuing a series of executive orders Friday to ...